June 2nd, 2009 · No Comments
The question “what is the origin of Dharma” is an unusual one. Much like asking, “how is the sky blue,” and not “why is it blue. ” But what is the origin of Dharma?
More often we as western practitioners of Buddhism look to the effects of Dharma and not the origin of Dharma. People have commonly used the definition of Dharma as the body of teachings from the Buddha. Dharma is teaching. It is the teachings from texts and classrooms and Dharma teachers. Moreover, Dharma is the events of life [phenomena]. These are the opportunities we can use for …(Read More)
“Body impermanent like incense rising;
mind enlightened in the empty sky;
thoughts un-attached like the falling breath.”
- Bhante Kassapa
Our thoughts are never ceasing. Some of them are connected to other thoughts or ideas, some are connected to feelings and all are a barrier to a good meditational practice. For us the goal of non-thought is not realistic. Thoughts continue without prompting. Our goal is non-attachment to the thought. What do we mean by that? Allowing the thought the freedom to exist and enter our thinking is very natural. What we must do is begin to train our minds …(Read More)
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I teach Vipassana Meditation here at the temple along with a varied mix of duties. It is my wish that
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